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Thomas James Daley

Divorce and separation Attorney at Plano, TX

4.6   22 reviews

also known as Tom Daley

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2007
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Child support

  3. Family
    Divorce, modification, enforcement, child custody, AG hearings handled swiftly, vigorously, and compassionately. The goal of litigation is to resolve conflict, not create conflict. I work to bring fairness and peace to my clients' lives.

  4. Child custody

  5. Uncontested divorce

"The needs of the client come first."

I practice exclusively in the area of Texas family law. My concierge-level of service provides each client with direct access to their attorney to answer questions, respond to disputes, and energetically press your case forward. You've worked hard. I will help you protect the family relationships that mean so much to you and preserve the fruits of your labor.

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4.6 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by Ali | April 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable and generous in time
I had a few questions regarding jurisdiction and property division for a divorce and Tom patiently responded my questions even though we didn't establish a client-lawyer relationship. He showed knowledge and completeness in his answers and I'd strongly recommend him for any family law case.
Posted by Deborah | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I couldn't have asked for a better advocate to have on my side through a fairly contentious divorce. Mr. Daley was highly knowledgeable and helpful in navigating the details. His quiet confidence and calm demeanor was invaluable to me throughout the whole process, but he definitely had bite when he needed to, and prevented my ex from taking advantage of me in multiple instances, while still being fair and ethical. I couldn't have asked for better representation, or a kinder person to work with through a difficult process.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very satisfied
I emailed asking for advice and found out very good news. Only bad issue is when I asked more questions or answered what he asked I have yet to have heard back from him. Was hoping we could work something out to get my case to court and get my legal issue resolved quickly.
Posted by Helen | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Calmed the crazy
Tom represented me in my divorce. It was very bitter but he kept it under control. There were some details in my case that I know made it difficult. But Tom and Christina were discrete and kept it from going crazy. After we settled the case, I decided I didn't want to abide by the geographic restriction and that caused a huge blow up. Tom took care of it and now it has all calmed down. I am very happy.
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Posted by Lizzee | April 21, 2015
Best Attorney
Great attorney and person. He was friendly, personable, understanding, knowledgeable, and approachable. He did not fall into all the attorney stereotypes out there and he was completely honest. My case was treated as if it was the most important case of the year by all staff members.
Posted by Clarence | September 21, 2014
Great Representation
All the odds were against me it seemed, Mr.Daley took on my case and helped me fight for justice, With Mr.Daley and his knowledgeable staff the ruling came down in my favor. Thank You
Posted by Robin | August 5, 2014
Mr. Daley's firm provided superior service. Responses were prompt and consultations were thorough. I would highly recommend using Mr. Daley's firm.
Posted by Chris | July 24, 2014
Great to have on your side
I could not be happier with Mr. Daley's representation in my case. He totally outclassed and outmaneuvered the opposing lawyer. It was awesome to watch and am just glad he was on my side!
Posted by Carlyle | September 16, 2013
Cool, Friendly, Smart
Tom handled my divorce case. I was referred to him by a friend. My husband had filed divorce on me and wanted to take my kids away even though he never helped with them. When I met Tom, he told me the first thing, "If nothing else, when you leave here today, you are going to understand the process and feel much more confident." I did. He tried to get an agreement for temporary orders but my husband's attorney kept saying that my ex was going to get full custody and make me pay child support. Tom went to the hearing and the judge said we could each side have 20 minutes. LOL!! Tom told the judge he only needed 11 minutes. He used just over 10 minutes. We got what we came to get on that day. After that, my husband and his attorney became much easier to work with and we settled our case fairly soon. Divorce is a tough time in a family's life. Tom is funny, smart, and he is really looking out for what he calls the "long game." He kept telling me to stop worrying about each and every day and focus on how this was going to work out 1 year, 2 years, 10 years from now. Now that we're done, I see that he was right. I would surely use him again and I will tell everyone I know that you just can't find a better firm to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2013
Made my divorce quick and easy
Tom was extremely knowledgeable throughout the entire process. He never missed a beat. He kept me informed and made the entire process easier than I thought was ever imaginable. I have already recommended him to 2 of my friends.
Posted by Jennifer | March 30, 2013
Smart, Hard-Working Attorney with a Heart
Tom Daley handled my case with professionalism and knowledge of the law that, in the end, leaned the court in my favor. At trial, he showed up completely prepared and focused. He did not barage the other party with personal attacks or nasty remarks; instead, he kept to the facts and presented my case to the judge with precision and compassion. Tom was very easy to work with, was prompt, was understanding, and obviously has a passion for the work. I appreciated that very much. It was comforting to know I had someone in my corner. He counseled me on all possible outcomes, positive and negative, but in the end, he supported my ultimate decision. I would recommend Tom to my friends, family, and anyone else who is looking for a smart, hard-working attorney with a heart.
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Posted by Sean | October 24, 2012
Velvet Hammer
I have had a lot of problems with depression, alcohol, pills, and stuff. But I'm a good dad. But my ex doesn't think so. She got a new boyfriend and was ready to just kick me out of my kids lives. A friend of mine recommended Tom Daley. I met with him a few days later and he told me some hard things to hear. He told me I was a F* up, but that if I would do what he said, he could protect my rights--but that it was going to be a team effort. I did not want to hear that, but I now know that he was right. Every time my ex would bring some new charges against me and I would want to freak out, Tom would say, "Be calm. This story only ends one way: You will have a normal relationship with your children. Just keep working the program." That's exactly what I did and guess what? I now have nearly 50 50 wtih my ex. I called Tom the velvet hammer because I heard that terms one time and it fits him. He never seems to get too upset, but when it's time for battle, he shows up prepared. He definitely knws the law better than anyone else in the courtroom and he just keeps hammering away. After two bad beatings in the courtroom, my ex and her attorney decided to start negotiating with us and that's when things started to go my way. Tom was not cheap. I talked to other attorneys who said they would charge less. But if I have to work 3 jobs, that is what i will do to have an attorney like this. His staff is patient and kind and very responsive, even when he is in trial for days i can still get through to a live person. If you think your case is hopeless, this is the guy you need to call.
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Posted by Farid | October 10, 2012
Settled My Case Quickly
My ex was mentally and sometimes physically abusing my children but lives two states away. I could not find a single attorney who would take my case. I found Mr. Daley on AVVO, called his office, and they set up an appointment right away. When we met, he told me I had a tough case and that it was likely that my ex would pop the case to her home state as soon as we filed. But even with these warnings, I wanted to proceed. Within 10 days he had filed the paperwork, gotten an emergency order and a hearing set. On the date of the hearing, he convinced the other attorney to try to mediate the case and called a mediator (former judge) from the courthouse and set up mediation for 9:00 a.m. the very next day. We settled our case that morning and my kids are now living with me in Texas. He warned me that not all cases can be wrapped up so quickly. But before I met him, I didn't know that ANY could be!
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Posted by Jessica | October 18, 2011
Best Advice and Brilliant Attorney
Thomas James Daley has been helping me for over a year in so many ways I lost count many many months ago. His insight into family law is invaluable to me and will be to anyone who seeks his help or is blessed enough to receive it by chance. I look forward to hearing from Thomas when I have a legal question related to my family law matters and he's brought me so much peace of mind, courage to face very trying situations and insight that allows me to prepare for the worst, which unfortunately happens a lot with my case. He's never cold or condescending and I can tell he really cares about helping others, which is so very hard to find in this profession! I thank you Thomas from the bottom of my heart!
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Posted by Kirk | July 28, 2011
Child Support
Tom was a referral to me; of which I was in need of a lawyer who could understand and work with-in the messy area of child support. Tom and his team were able to dig thru my case file, understand the direction I needed to pursue and tackled the project with responsibility, timeliness and trust. Tom was in court when needed and all of the necessary paperwork and negations were handled by him personally. While my case has now been completed, I would recommend Tom and his staff to anyone in need of any child support/divorce issues.
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Posted by Claude | December 6, 2010
Recommendation for divoce attorney-
A divorce is at best a trying time for most people. However, I felt like a train wreck. Mr. Daley and his partner always received me very professionally but also provided a compassionate atmosphere for our discussions. The entire staff was very cognizant of everybody’s privacy and always strived maintain it. I felt very comfortable when I made office visits. At the beginning of my divorce, I was very afraid that my child would be taken across international boundaries. Mr. Daley took the necessary legal steps to alert the court to this possible outcome and obtained the child’s passport for safe keeping. Through his pleadings to the court, Mr. Daley was legally able to keep my child safely in Texas, in her home, and with her father from start to finish. I am extremely grateful for this. I found that it is hard to make things happen when one side does not want to participate in a divorce. However, Mr. Daley did finally bring this divorce case to completion. Mr. Daley is a low-key, well-collected professional. I think his personality and courtroom style are well suited for divorce court which can be highly emotionally and just down right over the top at times. Mr. Daley brings no antics or unnecessary drama to the courtroom. In my opinion, the judges also appreciated this because it saved them time as well. He understands the legal protocol and follows it concisely. In the long run, this saved time and money because he focused on the issues at hand and not on anybody’s involved emotions. Mr. Daley also worked well with the opposing counsel in efforts to save time and money, as one professional to another should for their client. Thus far, Mr. Daley did not lose any of my legal battles and if it is possible to “win” a divorce “war,” he did so in his always mild-mannered and professional way. I would highly recommend Mr. Daley for any family-law related issue, especially divorce.
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Posted by Kathleen | November 10, 2010
Best Family Lawyer
I met Tom at the courthouse. The clerk's office had just turned me away again and he was standing behind me in line. I was worried I would lose my daughter to my ex-husband, who is terrible. When I turned around, he said, "You need an attorney. Call my office tomorrow and set up a time to come in so we can talk." Then he handed me his card and went on with his business. When we met, he showed more interest in my story than anyone had in a long time. I was soo frustrated and I asked him, "Why is my ex doing this to me?" He said, "Easy. You married and divorced a horrible person." It was such a small thing but I just felt so relieved that he didn't try to come up with some comlicated explanation like everyone else tried to do. I truly felt moved to hire Tom on the spot. He told me how much the retainer would be, handed me a contract, I signed it, and I finally felt like I had someone on my side who would not judge me. He contacted my ex, managed to get him in front of the judge, and expertly tore my ex's excuses apart one by one. He was never loud, dramatic, or angry-sounding. He just calmly shredded my ex one simple question at a time. The judge gave me exactly what I had been trying to get for so long on my own and gave my ex a short talking to about being a responsible parent. I have sent a few friends to Tom and they had similar experiences. One of my friends asked hsi paralegal if he was single, but he's not. And the strangest thing is, I think my husband sort of likes him. Which I appreciate because I did not want more problems, I wanted fewer and that's what I got.
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Posted by Felicia | November 10, 2010
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Daley has provided a couple of services for me and my family. First, he probated a will for my aunt. My aunt have lost both of her children and this was the will of her last child. This was a very difficult time for her and he patiently walked her through the process and was very sensitive to her situation. He informed us of certain situation that could arise during this process. Both positive and negative. He kept us informed during the complete process. He prepared a will for me. The will packet not only included the will, but the Durable Power of Attorney and Medical Power of Attorney. I completed a questionnaire that identified people, items, etc,. that would be included in the will and other documents before I met with Mr. Daley. He was up front with his fees and did not try to nickel and dime you like some lawyers do. He gave us a fee schedule that identified the services and costs. He let us know up front if certain unexpected issues arose, it would be an additional fee. No surprises. Mr. Daley is very professional and takes his job serious. He care about his clients. I would recommend him as a lawyer.
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Posted by Abby | November 10, 2010
Not just a great attorney but a great person also
I retained Tom's services after being unsucessfullly trying to obtain proper child support from my ex husband. Until this time we had tried to avoid getting attorneys, but we had reached an deadlock. I interviewed one other attorney in the past and I felt like I needed a shower afterwards. Tom handled the situation with diplomacy and great skill, negotiating a amt that exceeded my expectation without having to go to court. My ex can be very challenging, paranoid, and delusional, so I was truly grateful that with one meeting, Tom had the issue settlled. I have friends who have used Tom at my urging and they have had excellent feedback also. I can say with out reservation that Tom works for his clients with the highest ethics, seeking what is in thier best intrest not his own. While his staff were also great I always was able to reach him personally. I am sure my case was small in the scene of things but he never treated me that way. He took an intrest in my case and my family always working in our best intrest. What I have been priviledges to learn of him as a person, what he has accomplished outside of his work speaks highly of him as a human being despite the fact he is a democrat:-)
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Posted by Chris | September 12, 2011
Tom Daley is a GOOD lawyer
Tom can get it done. He recognizes that a divorce is a bad situation for everyone involved and does everything that he can to make the process as straightforward, quick, and painless as possible. You may not think that is what you want at that time, but you will appreciate it later.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-650 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • KoonsFuller P.C.
  • 2020 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Power Daley PLLC
  • 2010 - 2020
  • President
  • Thomas J. Daley & Associates, PC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Vice President, Software Development
  • Cantor Fitzgerald/eSpeed, Inc.
  • 2002 - 2007
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  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Hendrix College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Ethical Considerations


  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
  • Chair
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Texas Legal Services Center
  • 2011


  • What You Need to Know About Estate Planning in Texas
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
  • Ethics
  • 2019
  • 1st Annual Texas Ethics Jam
  • Ethics for Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Collin County Trial Academy
  • Cross Examination
  • 2019
  • Dallas County Career Day
  • Litigation as a Career
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (31)
Given (29)
Endorse Thomas
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer! Tom is an honest, steadfast and strong advocate for his clients. He is cooperative and does his best to limit escalation in both litigation and emotional response in the Family Law matters he handles. This saves his client's significant financial and emotional costs while protecting their interests and their bank accounts."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an incredible person as well as an excellent lawyer. It has been my pleasure to have know him since we were in law school together."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an active contributor on Avvo and offers excellent advice."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse this attorney, While maintaining excellent client service and ethics, they are a well-respected member of the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Thomas Daley. He donates his time to provide excellent legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advice. A respected member within the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tom is an ethical, hard-working professional who represents his clients with vigor tempered only by wisdom."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Daley. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attention for detail; a committed advocate."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Daley personally and professionally for nearly 10 years. During this time he has shown tremendous integrity, profound intellect, and a passionate commitment to his clients and his profession."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Daley is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. Whenver we have family law matters to refer, they go directly to him, he is one of the best. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and credit to the legal profession."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Daley gives great legal advice on family law matters and is a true asset to the AVVO community."
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